Department of Energy

At BNL and SBU’s nuclear center, the force awakens

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new force is rising in the exploration of the physical universe. Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University on Tuesday announced the launch of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science, a research hub built to explore “the least understood and strongest force behind visible matter,” according to the university. Supported by a new $5 million grant from the Simons Foundation and some $3 million in research grants awarded to…


BNL: Staff cuts not related to Trump, 2018 cuts

By GREGORY ZELLER // The “voluntary force reduction” announced Tuesday by Brookhaven National Laboratory, which seeks to reduce the Upton lab’s workforce by roughly 6 percent, is not a reaction to President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 Department of Energy budget cuts. And it’s nothing new: A similar volunteer employee-buyout action enacted in 2015 generated 80 responses, 70 of which were accepted by BNL. Instead, the Self-Select Voluntary Separation Program – which invites eligible employees to…


BNL mourns death of particle-physics pioneer Ozaki

Satoshi Ozaki, a world-renowned physicist who helped design and build numerous particle accelerators for scientific research on two continents, died July 22, according to a statement from Brookhaven National Laboratory. He was 88. Ozaki, a BNL senior scientist emeritus, was a key driver of international collaborations in high-energy and nuclear physics, including highly regarded work at Brookhaven Lab’s Alternating Gradient Synchrotron and Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Calling him “one of the world’s foremost accelerator builders,”…


Debrief: Learning as we go with Imin Kao

On-the-job learning has never been a problem for Stony Brook University engineering professor Imin Kao, who directs the university’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and in January succeeded Jeffrey Saelens as executive director of the SBU-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium. Kao, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and has been part of Stony Brook’s Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since 1994, is still learning to juggle his myriad…


Donald Trump, Long Island and the war on science

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s worry, if not panic, among the scientists at the heart of the Long Island innovation economy. Certainly, none are surprised that President Donald Trump, in his first proposed budget, took square aim at the federal funding that is the lifeblood of the nation’s scientific research programs. This is, after all, a president who calls climate change a hoax, champions coal and selected a former ExxonMobil CEO as his secretary of…